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Terrorism in Star Trek

An interesting two-part video essay about the various narrative depictions of “terrorism” or politically motivated violence by non-state actors in the Stark Trek Entertainment franchise of the YouTube channel Trekspertise. In the real world, classifying “legitimate” or “illegitimate” violence in the pursuit of political goals often boils down to a question of partisan opinion. Or government policy. Inspiration from a line of the 1985 science fiction novel Contact by the late great American astronomer Carl Sagan: freedom fighters are the ones we support, terrorists are the ones we reject, and guerrillas are the ones we haven’t thought about yet .

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